When they’re having fun, kids don’t think about things like whether they’re eating healthfully or getting exercise. They’re just enjoying that cold slice of watermelon or giggling while chasing a Frisbee. So get outside and play this summer!

To prevent possible heat exhaustion, head outdoors during morning or early evening hours and avoid the hottest time of the day. Some families like to eat breakfast, then take a hike or a bicycle ride. Even just a walk around the neighborhood together is a nice change of pace.

Limit TV, computer and video-game time. Now’s the time to teach kids to play hopscotch or kick ball. Try making your own kite (Google “make your own kite” for easy instructions online), then take it out to a local park for a test-fly. Make sure kids drink plenty of fluids, especially on warm summer days. Choose water or low-fat milk instead of sugary drinks.

— Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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